FRENCH, IRAQI JOURNALISTS KILLED IN MOSUL LANDMINE EXPLOSION

A French journalist and an Iraqi Kurdish journalist, have been killed, in a landmine explosion in the western side of Mosul, an Iraqi security source said.

The incident occurred on Monday, when a landmine was struck by a vehicle, carrying journalists, covering the advance of the Iraqi forces against the Daesh militants, at the edge of the Daesh-held old city centre, the source said in a report.

The blast killed Stephane Villeneuve, one of the French journalists, and Bakhtiyar Haddad, an Iraqi journalist, it said.

The incident took place as the Iraqi forces, backed by international coalition, have launched a final push, since Sunday morning, to drive out the Daesh militants from the al-Shifaa neighbourhood, and most of the densely-populated old city centre, in the western side of Mosul, locally known as the right bank of the Tigris River.

Mosul, 400 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, has been under Daesh control since Jun, 2014, when government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling the Daesh militants to take control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions

Source: NAM News Network